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New AIRSS Partnership

As AIRSS continues to develop partnerships and programs to support our rural and small schools, we are excited to announce our partnership with the Monsanto Fund and the Americas Farmers Grow Rural Education program. This program is the right fit for our small and rural schools to have access to and compete for these funds. “Farmers and farm communities are a vital link to our rural and small schools throughout Illinois, and this is a partnership that not only makes sense, but one we should build on”, stated Dave Ardrey Executive Director of AIRSS.

Math and science grants of $10,000 and $25,000 available for rural school districts America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, partners with farmers to help school districts fund math and science projects to enhance STEM curriculum in across rural America. Between now and April 1, eligible farmers can nominate an eligible public school district in their community.

Nominated school districts can then submit grant applications for a $10,000 or $25,000 math and science grant through April 15, 2016. In the past, the grants have supported a variety of initiatives, including new technology for hands-on learning, greenhouses and outdoor classroom instruction and scientific laboratory advancements. School districts are encouraged to be creative and innovative with their projects to tailor their application to the needs of their students. The only requirement is that the funds help enhance math and science in their district for the 2016-2017 school year.

All school applications are evaluated based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of farmers from across the U.S., will select the winning grant applications, which will be announced in August.

Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has partnered with farmers to award over $9 million to more than 650 school districts to enhance opportunities available to students in rural America. Find out if your county is eligible and encourage your local farmers to nominate your school district today at

Grow Rural Education is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers community outreach programs have awarded over $29 million to support the communities where farmers live, work and raise their families. Learn more at

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